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  • On Jan 27, 2022
    Ashley from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! Me and my future husband are driving straight to Disney World and won’t be checking in till around 1:00 am that night. Will we still be able to check in and get a room or will have to wait till 3:00 pm the next day for regular check in time? Thanks!

    Aloha, Ashley.

    Welcome to planDisney! First, let me offer my congratulations on your upcoming marriage! What an exciting time in your life this is. You've found the one your heart's been dreaming of, and this is just the beginning of your happily ever after.

    Nothing says "I lava you" like a trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth. My husband and I took a delayed honeymoon there 11 years ago and have been traveling back "home" every year since. Our trips have brought us closer together as a couple over the years, and I'm sure the same will be true for you and your Prince Charming.

    Have you thought of scheduling some time during your vacation for romantic experiences you can have together? You could book a horse-drawn carriage ride along the banks of the Sassagoula River and throughout the grounds at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, or you could learn about and mix your own sangria at Sangria University at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Of course you also have to book a romantic dinner at one of Walt Disney World Resort's world-class Fine/Signature Dining options! I suggest you look into California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Not only will you have a stunning view of all of Magic Kingdom Park while you dine in general, but if you book a dining reservation close to the start time of Disney Enchantment, you're likely to have a breathtaking view of the fireworks as well.

    My husband and I usually fly in late on a Friday night and don't arrive at our Disney Resorts Collection hotel until around 12:00 a.m. midnight or 1:00 a.m. on our trips, so I've been in your shoes many times before. I am happy to tell you that even if you get in at these late hours, you will still be able to check in to your Resort hotel. Front Desk Cast Members are available around the clock for this very reason and will be able to help you navigate the process when you arrive. If your reservation starts on a Friday night, but you don't get in until say 2:00 a.m., they will not make you wait until 3:00 p.m. the next day to access your room. After all, you are paying for that night's stay as well.

    Have you considered utilizing Direct-to-Room Service? It allows you to use Online Check-In via My Disney Experience on a browser or in the My Disney Experience App. You'll receive real-time updates in the app or via notifications on your phone that will tell you when your room is ready, so you can go straight to your room when you arrive instead of stopping by the Front Desk.

    Ashley, I hope your trip is full of laughter and love. Enjoy making magical memories with your sweetheart!

    Wishing you all the pixie dust,
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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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